Teenager stole when ‘off his head on drugs’

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A teenager, who claimed to be ‘off his head on drugs’, told Grantham magistrates that he could not remember walking out of a Grantham supermarket with a stolen television.

Ashley Joynes, 18, of no fixed abode, went to Morrisons on September 21 and took the £129.99 TV.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was arrested three days afterwards, his response was ‘I was off my head on drugs, I didn’t remember doing it until later that day’.”

The offence put Joynes in breach of a community order.

Giles Tyas, defending, said Joynes’ personal life was chaotic and arguments with his grandfather had led to him being homeless.

He had taken MCAT because he was feeling depressed.

Magistrates revoked his existing community order and imposed a 12 month community order with supervision and 140 hours of unpaid work. He was not ordered to pay costs.